Serial rapist sentenced to another 30 years in prison

Hill was convicted of attacking 14-year-old in Catonsville

March 24, 2010|By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com

A serial rapist who prosecutors say began attacking women three decades ago in and around Baltimore County was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old student in Catonsville in 1989 after threatening her with a weapon.

Alphonso W. Hill Jr., 58, was linked to the case by DNA evidence, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said.

The sentence, handed down by Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger, will have no practical effect on Hill, since he is already spending the rest of his days behind bars. The new sentence will be served consecutively to the six concurrent 60-year terms to which he was sentenced in 2008 in connection with six other attacks, primarily along the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor, between 1978 and 2000.

In addition, those six terms are to be served consecutively to a 15-year sentence Hill received in a conviction in 2002 for assaulting Laura Neuman, a technology executive whose persistence over two decades finally led to Hill's prosecution. When he was accused of raping Neuman, he claimed in court that she had been his only victim. Neuman has since become an outspoken advocate of rape victims' rights.

Dana M. Levitz, the sentencing judge in the Nov. 12, 2008, hearing during which Hill was sent away for life, described him as "a monster." Assistant State's Attorney Jason League, who prosecuted the initial cases as well as the 1989 rape of the teenager, said Hill was "a small and cowardly man."

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